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6 Things to do in Your 50s that Protect Your Health

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As the years go by, health becomes a significant concern. In your 50s, you’re more likely to experience age-related changes and worry about your future health. If you lived a relatively unhealthy lifestyle in your younger years, now is the time to make changes to protect your health. Here are six things you should do […]

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Primary care intervention significantly improves smoking cessation

Primary care clinics that implemented an outreach intervention had a greater proportion of patients who converted from current to former smokers than clinics without the intervention, according to findings published in Preventive Medicine.
“A comprehensive, health system-wide approach to smoking treatment in adult primary care may markedly improve smoking cessation treatment delivery and success,” Danielle E. McCarthy, MS, PhD, the associate director of research at the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, and colleagues wrote. “This program

VIDEO: Poll reveals hesitancy to discuss insomnia

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Results from the Wake Up America poll showed that practitioners do not often ask patients about insomnia, and patients may be hesitant to discuss it, Andrew Krystal, MD, MS, said at the SLEEP meeting.
“The most important thing we got out of this survey was a great fundamental foundation upon which to be able to develop new surveys and identify the important questions we need to ask to help us optimally understand the process by which people seek care and get treated and figure out ways to improve that process,” he said.

FDA approves NDA to determine safety, efficacy of psilocybin for OCD treatment

The FDA has approved an investigational new drug application from Ceruvia Lifesciences to conduct a phase 2 clinical trial to determine the safety and efficacy of synthetic psilocybin for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
“With positive preliminary results from a Ceruvia-funded pilot phase 2 study taking place at Yale School of Medicine, we are excited to have received FDA approval to begin our phase 2 clinical trial to examine the efficacy and safety of psilocybin in treating OCD,” Ceruvia CEO Carey Turnbull said in a company press release. “With few effective

VIDEO: Breast cancer screening lacking in women experiencing homelessness

CHICAGO — Just 18% of women experiencing homelessness who were eligible underwent a mammography over a 5-year period, according to research presented at ASCO Annual Meeting.
“In contrast, for women not experiencing homelessness, the rate was 32%, so almost double,” Chirag S. Shah, MD, a staff member in the department of radiation oncology and co-director of the Comprehensive Breast Program at Cleveland Clinic, told Healio about results from the poster.
Researchers identified women experiencing homelessness who presented for care in a hospital system starting January 2014

Recurrent childhood bronchitis linked to greater risk for pneumonia, asthma in adulthood

Recurrent episodes of childhood bronchitis appear to be associated with increased risk for lung disease later in life, researchers reported in BMJ Open Respiratory Research.
“This is the first very long-term prospective study that has examined the relationship between childhood bronchitis severity with adult lung health outcomes,” Jennifer L. Perret, MD, respiratory and sleep epidemiologist at the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Melbourne, said in a related press release. “We have seen already that children with protracted bacterial bronchitis

Molecular signature-assisted drug selection may improve results in rheumatoid arthritis

Molecular signature response classifier-assisted rheumatoid arthritis treatment selection may improve real-world results in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to data published in Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy.
“This study reports the second interim analysis of the [Accelerate Information of Molecular Signatures (AIMS)] real-world study evaluating the clinical utility of the [molecular signature response classifier (MSRC)] test,” Vibeke Strand, MD, adjunct clinical professor at the division of immunology and rheumatology at the Stanford University School of

VIDEO: ASCO highlights COVID challenges in multiple myeloma

In this video, Amrita Krishnan, MD, director of the Judy and Bernard Briskin Center for Multiple Myeloma Research at City of Hope Cancer Center, discusses the progress in multiple myeloma highlighted at ASCO Annual Meeting.
Krishnan specifically discusses the positive moves made in bispecific antibodies, but extensively delves into the challenges posed by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
“These are challenging times for us and the impact COVID has made upon our patients,” Krishnan said.

PPIs linked to risk for severe infection, decompensation in patients with cirrhosis

LONDON — Exposure to proton pump inhibitors correlated with an increased risk for severe infection and cirrhosis decompensation among a subset of patients with cirrhosis, according to research presented at the International Liver Congress.
“The safety of PPIs in cirrhosis remains quite controversial,” Nadim Mahmud, MD, MS, MPH, MSCE, assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, told attendees. “There is conflicting data regarding the impact of PPIs on several key liver-related adverse events, including

VIDEO: Physicians should perform online searches of themselves, their practices

Physicians should consider searching online for mentions of their practices and themselves to know what patients see when they perform a web search for a new physician or specialist.
“Obviously, you want them to find your practice and if you do not have a strong online reputation or a strong web presence, you are unlikely to show up in the top 10 [search results],” Orrin I. Franko, MD, founder of SurgiSurvey LLC and a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at East Bay Hand Medical Center, told Healio. “I advise that doctors should be searching for themselves, their practice name